Government is transparent in its agriculture policies

Tema – The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) says Government would ensure accountability in implementing the ‘planting for food and jobs’ policy to guarantee its success.

Government is committed to transparency and accountability in the implementation of all programmes and interventions to ensure that the policy of ‘Planting for food and jobs’ becomes a reality and a resounding success, he said.

Mr. Felix Mensah Nii-Annan La said this on Friday, in a key-note address at the 2017 Tema Metropolitan version of the National Farmers’ day celebrations at Texpo Park, Baatsona, Tema.

Mr. Annan-La observed that, in view of this commitment, the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) had recovered more than 57% of the total cost of inputs supplied to farmers under the ‘Planting for food and jobs’ policy.

He observed the importance of the policy by saying that, Obviously growing more food means we have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to feed the populace. That is why government is committed to providing farmers with improved seeds and subsidized fertilizers to ensure increased yield.

He was however worried over the resort to the use of unapproved fishing methods by some fishermen in the Metropolis which blatantly violate fishing regulations.

The Tema Metropolitan Director of Agriculture, Mr. Samuel Boadu said, As we mark this year’s Farmers’ Day, the expected impact is to encourage the unemployed youth, our gallant farmers, fisher folks, processors and all actors along the Value Chain to consider agriculture as the road map to turning our fortunes around and invest heavily in it.

He observed that this would lead to increased productivity, wealth creation and ultimately economic growth and total wellbeing of the populace.

Fifty three year old Alhaji Bukari Ginkor, was adjudged the overall best farmer for the Tema Metropolis.

Alhaji Ginkor had been farming in Tema for 26 years on 15 acres of Tomatoes, three acres of Green Pepper, four acres of Onion, two acres of Okro, ten acres of Maize, ten acres of Ayoyo, and also reared 60 Cattle, 50 Sheep, 15 Goats and 31 Local Birds.

He currently employed 19 permanent and 15 casual workers on his farms.

Source: Ghana News Agency